The Kardashian-Jenners are no strangers to controversy; Kendall and Kylie Jenner are both facing lawsuits right now, and Khloé Kardashian was called out for allegedly copying a bodysuit’s design from an indie designer. And now Kim Kardashian is being pulled into the fray with another lawsuit of her own.
TMZ reports that on Monday, Kim’s company Kimsaprincess, Inc. was served with a $100 million lawsuit by Hooshmand Harooni, who affirms he sought a patent for an “integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device” in 2013, one year before LuMee launched its website, and that the latter company stole his design. The suit alleges that LuMee’s business relationship with Kim in particular resulted in lost earnings for Snaplight, the company that licensed Harooni’s design. As such, they’re going after Kim, who they allege earns a portion of LuMee’s earnings.
In an interview with Fashionista, LuMee’s founder affirms that the company didn’t partner with Kim until late 2015, though she’d been using the situation prior compared to that endorsement. LuMee creator Allan Shoemake informed Fashionista that he’s uncertain how Kim found her first case, but it could have been around in a surprise container directed at celebs on the Forum in LA. “January 2016 was the very first time Kim marketed [the LuMee], and we doubled the sales from 2015 in a single month,” he said of the relationship. “She certainly goes the needle.”
At press time, neither Kim nor LuMee has taken care of immediately the news headlines of the lawsuit, but this is not the very first time the technology in a LuMee has appear in court situations. In 2015, Shoemake threatened legal action against a Virginia Technology pupil who made a self-lighting mobile phone case with a 3D printer; The Roanoke Times reported that the pupil later discontinued the project even though he said he “found no patent on selfie cases.” And in 2017, the company filed a lawsuit against Case-Mate, citing patent infringement.
My @KKWBEAUTY Crème Contour and Highlight Kits sold out but luckily my friends over at @LuMeeCase snagged a few and are willing to share ? Check out their page to see how you can win one. They're also giving my followers a discount at LuMee.com this weekend. Use code "BEAUTY" for 20% off the LuMee Destination Collection which includes my blush case! #lumeecollab